The petro network in Odisha will undergo an expansion operation as the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan envisages the state match with the national level in availability of LPG, Petrol and Diesel service. Thus bettering the quality in service it will open job scope in this sector in Odisha, says the Minister.
Dharmendra Pradhan who is in odidha on a four day trip attended a review meeting of the public sector oil companies on Sept 5, before he said that endeavors would be made to take the LPG consumer base in Odisha up to 50 percent in the next two years from the current 28 percent.
“There are 404 LPG distribution centers in Odisha” said Mr Pradhan “and they would be raised to 750 in the coming three years” there will be a LPG distribution center in the radius of 15 Km on all gram panchayats.
In next three years, 300 more petrol pumps would be added to the network of 1449 pumps in Odisha.
The Minister said “three new product pipelines would be constructed between Paradip-Ranchi, Paradip-Durgapur and Paradip-Raipur.” The new pipelines would carry petroleum products to the most parts of the state. He also said that The Berhampur terminal would be modernised and a new depot would come up in Bhubaneswar as he added “more depots would be opened in South and Western Odisha.” the Balasore depot will be modernized under the new expansion plan, said Mr Pradhan.
“The expansion plan that includes LPG depots, LPG terminals imported LPG terminals and product pipe lines will attract an investment of Rs 4500 Cr. That will provide direct job to 5000 persons to add with the 10000 persons engaged now.” said Pradhan.